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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,933Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 83 out of 2588

$871K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 126 out of 2588

606 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
50%Patients 65 Years and Older
87% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Illinois
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 606 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 606 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 10,378 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Illinois
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,125 704 1 4
FUROSEMIDE 887 598 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 564 352 3 1
LISINOPRIL 480 267 4 3
KLOR-CON 10 357 253 5 75
CARVEDILOL 347 234 6 20
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 346 148 S3 7 7
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 336 146 8 66
OMEPRAZOLE 329 205 9 6
TRAMADOL HCL 328 121 10 19
IBUPROFEN 295 118 11 62
CRESTOR 292 201 12 25
GABAPENTIN 262 119 13 18
LANTUS 257 183 14 47
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 257 161 14 2
METFORMIN HCL 243 111 16 8
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 243 205 16 49
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 237 163 18 12
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 230 154 19 35
KLOR-CON M20 228 139 20 52
RANITIDINE HCL 226 118 21 37
CLONIDINE HCL 224 104 22 54
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 223 155 23 15
FAMOTIDINE 222 127 24 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 216 141 25 11
INSULIN SYRINGE 214 146 26 81
ALLOPURINOL 209 162 27 33
DIOVAN HCT 207 121 28 72
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 206 127 29 9
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 197 126 S3 30 80
PROAIR HFA 193 61 31 50
BENICAR HCT 189 148 32 187
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 177 80 33 24
CLOPIDOGREL 168 131 34 30
GLIMEPIRIDE 160 93 35 39
HYDRALAZINE HCL 155 74 36 53
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 149 95 37 270
MICARDIS HCT 145 67 38 331
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 143 86 R 39 162
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 141 84 40 17
PLAVIX 136 90 41 43
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127 56 42 13
NAPROXEN 118 75 43 95
WARFARIN SODIUM 117 69 44 10
NIASPAN 112 72 45 115
SPIRIVA 110 63 46 56
METFORMIN HCL ER 104 45 47 67
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 102 31 48 109
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 102 58 48 93
CEFUROXIME 97 49 50 183
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 96 76 51 28
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 94 60 52 16
JANUVIA 93 65 53 60
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 92 14 R 54 87
AMOXICILLIN 90 38 55 130
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 88 43 56 271
ADVAIR DISKUS 87 46 57 48
VENTOLIN HFA 84 43 58 101
MELOXICAM 79 65 59 51
NAPROXEN SODIUM 78 53 60 457
SINGULAIR 74 39 61 94
DONEPEZIL HCL 73 70 62 22
ULTICARE 70 26 63 468
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 70 30 63 127
LYRICA 70 14 63 100
BYSTOLIC 69 59 66 110
NITROSTAT 67 40 67 181
MIRTAZAPINE 65 40 68 63
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 64 31 69 74
CITALOPRAM HBR 63 24 70 27
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 62 48 71 198
LANSOPRAZOLE 58 24 72 157
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 57 25 73 106
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 56 41 74 124
COLCRYS 56 25 74 217
PEN NEEDLE 55 31 76 112
SPIRONOLACTONE 53 34 77 58
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 52 49 78 55
PREDNISONE 51 14 79 42
LEVETIRACETAM 51 11 79 90
VERAPAMIL ER 51 28 79 102
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on Jan. 3, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.